Top 10 Day Trips From Manila, The Philippines - Updated 2021

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The busy city of Manila is located in the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is highly urbanized and among one of the most densely populated areas in the country. Manila offers different venues for leisure activities such as hotels, casinos, theme parks, zoos, and shopping centers. Aside from these activities, Manila is known for being a center of commerce and is often frequented by investors and citizens seeking employment. If you are visiting Manila and have more time on your hands or if you’re someone who regularly endures through the hectic city, a quick day trip could be in order. There are several beautiful places near Manila that will definitely leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Visit places like Subic, Corregidor, Tagaytay, and more! You will find beaches, historic places, and other tourist destinations within easy reach. Travel solo or with family and friends on these day trips from Manila, the Philippines that are sure to give you a much-needed reboot.

1. Pagsanjan Falls (from USD 138.0)

Pagsanjan Falls, also known as Magdapio Falls, is a waterfall located in Laguna. Reaching this beautiful waterfall is a bit of an adventure in which guests have the option of choosing between a boat ride or a hike. The most popular way of reaching the falls is through a boat ride from the town of Pagsanjan locally known as the Shooting the Rapids boat tour while the other option requires guests to hike from the town of Cavinti. Either way, guests are sure to marvel at the beauty of nature when witnessing Pagsanjan Falls.

Pagsanjan Falls Dugout Canoe Tour from Manila with Lunch

Duration: 8 hours

10 reviews

2. Subic Bay (from USD 138.0)

Formerly a US Naval Base and now an economic zone, Subic Bay is now known as a quick getaway destination. Subic is home to industrial parks and commercial establishments. Aside from its industrial and commercial setting, Subic Bay also offers different tourist attractions that cater to all ages. There are beaches for those who enjoy having fun under the sun, shopping centers for visitors in need of retail therapy, and eco-tourism theme parks as well. Meanwhile, Ocean Adventure and Pamulaklakin Nature Park are for those who enjoy a little adventure.

Subic Bay Day Trip from Manila

Duration: 8 hours

10 reviews

3. Mount Pinatubo (from USD 125.0)

Mount Pinatubo is an active volcano located in Zambales. Mt. Pinatubo’s last eruption in the year 1991 resulted to its summit collapsing and creating a caldera. The collapsed crate now holds Lake Pinatubo and since then has been a tourist attraction with its beautiful scenery. The lake and what is left of Mt. Pinatubo create a beautiful blue-and-jade landscape that is truly a majestic sight.

Mt. Pinatubo Hiking Day Tour from Manila

Duration: 17 Hrs Duration

15 reviews

4. Tagaytay (from USD 167.0)

The city of Tagaytay, located south of Manila, is a tourist favorite to get away from the heat and buzz of the city. Tagaytay offers numerous hotels, resorts, and restaurants that overlook the scenic Taal Lake. To experience more of the view, picnic parks such as People’s Park in the Sky and Picnic Grove is a go-to for enjoying the breeze while having good quality time with family and friends through activities such as ziplines, eco-trails, and horseback riding.

Private Full-Day Tagaytay Tour from Manila

Duration: 5 hours

5. Santa Inez Waterfalls (from USD 205.0)

Santa Inez in Tanay, Rizal is home to a popular mountain biking destination, Kinabuan Falls. The waterfall used to be a side trip for mountaineers and bikers climbing Mt. Sierra Madre to cool down. Unlike many other popular waterfalls, Kinabuan Falls remains uncrowded. Its rustic feel makes it a perfect resting spot for bikers and climbers who enjoy both the thrill of adventure and the peace that silence brings.

Santa Inez Waterfalls Mountain Bike Tour from Manila

Duration: 12 hours

6. Hidden Valley Springs Resort (from USD 148.0)

Hidden Valley Springs Resort is a resort located in Calauan, Laguna. The resort features a secluded waterfall and plenty of thermal pools for guests who seek nature’s beauty and wonder. The resort is surrounded by varieties of flora and trees that have been around for a long period of time. Aside from the relaxing waterfall and pools, Hidden Valley Springs also offer rooms along with a buffet service. The resort is indeed a refreshing experience away from the stress of the city.

Hidden Valley Springs Resort Day Trip from Manila

Duration: 8 hours

4 reviews

7. Pangasinan

Hundred Island National Park, Pangasinan
Source: Photo by user Elmer nev valenzuela used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Pangasinan is a province of the Philippines located in Western Luzon. Its name was derived from salt - “pang-asinan” means “place of salt-making”. Pangasinan offers various tourist destinations ranging from beaches to farms. The province is also very well-known for products like “bagoong” (salted krill) and “puto” (rice cake). The province is also home to several nature reserves such as Bolinao Falls and Cacupangan Cave System. A very popular destination in Pangasinan especially for church-goers is Manaoag Church. It is believed that the Lady of Manaoag shows mercy to those who ask it of her thus guests flock to her for assistance and guidance especially in times of need. Pangasinan offers so many activities and places to visit that will surely keep tourists on their feet.

8. Corregidor Island (from USD 115.0)

corregidor island

Corregidor Island is strategically located at the entrance of Manila Bay. During World War II, the island served as a defense from enemy warships that threatened the area including Manila. Corregidor Island is home to historical military attractions such as several gun emplacements, the old but still-standing Corregidor Lighthouse, and the very elaborate Malinta Tunnel. Aside from the mentioned attractions, memorials such as Pacific War Memorial, Japanese Garden of Peace, and Filipino Heroes Memorial were all erected for soldiers who have brought honor to their respective countries, most especially to the Philippines.

Full-Day Corregidor Island Tour from Manila

Duration: 7 to 8 hours

9. Taal (from USD 231.0)


Taal Volcano is a volcano situated in a lake, also named Taal, in the province of Batangas. It is considered as one of the most active volcanoes found in the Philippines. When viewed from Tagaytay, both the volcano and the lake offer a grand scene and is often used as a backdrop for photographs. Locals offer boat rides to tourists who want to go directly to the volcano for and the island surrounding it for trekking as part of tour packages. Due to its volcanic activity, it is best to do research on Taal Volcano before planning to go visit Taal and even the surrounding areas. Also, because it is active as of the moment, tourists are still prohibited from visiting Taal Lake and surrounding areas.

Private Taal Volcano Trekking with Lunch from Manila

Duration: 8 hours

2 reviews

10. Mt. Maculot (from USD 120.0)

mt. maculot

Mt. Maculot, famous to mountaineers and rock climbers, is located in Cuenca, Batangas. The mountain is known for its three destinations: the Rockies, the summit, and the Grotto which can all be hiked within a day. The most famous destination, the Rockies, is located beside Taal Lake. Getting there is considered a rewarding challenge because of the scenic view of the lake that awaits the climbers once they reach the top. A climb to the Rockies takes about an hour for experienced climbers while a relaxed pace would get climbers to the destination in two to three hours.

One Day Hike to Mount Maculot (with Transfers)

Duration: 8 hours

Enjoy these day trips from Manila

Give yourself time by traveling solo or with family and friends. Day trips will always bring new experiences especially when traveling with those you love. With this guide, planning your next day trip from Manila would be easier, hassle-free, and more enjoyable.

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